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News Online

The Internet means we overcome the tyranny of distance with access to a broad range of media online to read, listen to or watch as podcasts or vodcasts, or interact on websites and more.

Indeed, journalism is being transformed by new media - for better or worse?


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Classroom Resources


News for Learners of German

General knowledge texts on a broad range of topics, some related current affairs

  • Flipflop - Magazine for children produced in Switzerland, old but good ideas
  • Lingo für Kids - Goethe-Institut, Eduversum, Auswärtiges Amt

Spoken Texts


Daily News in German

Online News in English


German in Oz

Speakers of German live in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia and appreciate reports and information in the German language.


Deutsche Welle World

The website of this highly respected news service is a fantastic resource for news and events in Germany and beyond, as well as offering online language courses and materials.


Other Media


Diplomatic News for German in Canberra

Australian News

Mark Twain Quote

Extract from a column called A Tramp Abroad that Mark Twain wrote on a walking tour in Germany in 1880. This following extract is from a piece called 'The Awful German Language'.  Learners of German can still relate to the content.

"An average sentence, in a German newspaper, is a sublime and impressive curiosity; it occupies a quarter of a column; it contains all the ten parts of speech -- not in regular order, but mixed; it is built mainly of compound words constructed by the writer on the spot, and not to be found in any dictionary -- six or seven words compacted into one, without joint or seam -- that is, without hyphens; it treats of fourteen or fifteen different subjects, each enclosed in a parenthesis of its own, with here and there extra parentheses, making pens with pens: finally, all the parentheses and reparentheses are massed together between a couple of king-parentheses, one of which is placed in the first line of the majestic sentence and the other in the middle of the last line of it -- AFTER WHICH COMES THE VERB, and you find out for the first time what the man has been talking about; and after the verb -- merely by way of ornament, as far as I can make out -- the writer shovels in "HABEN SIND GEWESEN GEHABT HABEN GEWORDEN SEIN," or words to that effect, and the monument is finished. I suppose that this closing hurrah is in the nature of the flourish to a man's signature -- not necessary, but pretty. German books are easy enough to read when you hold them before the looking-glass or stand on your head -- so as to reverse the construction -- but I think that to learn to read and understand a German newspaper is a thing which must always remain an impossibility to a foreigner."  SOURCE



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